Bob Sofaly photo Beaufort pitcher Ollie Holmes winds up for the pitch agiant the visiting Bluffton Bobcats during the fourth inning Monday. The Eagles gave up four runs in the early innings but battled back to win the conference game 10-4.

Eagles win marathon over Bobcats to clinch playoff spot


Beaufort High baseball clinched the No. 2 seed in the Class 4A playoffs with a 6-3 win in nine innings Wednesday at Bluffton. 

Beaufort’s James Davenport blanked the Bobcats for five innings before Bluffton rallied for three runs in the sixth to tie it and force extras. After two scoreless extra frames, the Eagles got a rally going with back-to-back singles from Patrick Daley and Josh Denton to start the ninth and took advantage of two critical errors to push across three runs. 

Daley then worked around a leadoff error to retire the next three Bobcat batters and seal the win. Daley struck out six and allowed just one hit over four strong innings in relief of Davenport, who limited the Bobcats to three runs (two earned) on nine hits over five-plus innings with two strikeouts and two walks.

Beaufort shortstop Jimmy Davenport fields the ball against the Bluffton Bobcats during the top of the fourth inning Monday night at Beaufort High. Despite giving up four early runs, the host Eagles went on to defeat the Bobcats, 10-4. Photos by Bob Sofaly.

William Winburn was 3-for-5 with a double and three RBIs to lead the Eagles, while Denton added two hits and an RBI and Daley went 2-for-4. 

A day later, Beaufort smacked three home runs in a 4-1 road win at Hanahan on Thursday. Wes Graves tossed a two-hitter, and Rhogue Wallace, Ollie Holmes, and Josh Denton all blasted home runs to lead the Eagles. 

Graves struck out six and allowed one run on two hits with five walks in a complete game. 

The Hawks opened the scoring in the third, when two walks set the table for Luke Blankenship’s RBI single, but Holmes launched one to left to tie it in the top of the fourth. Denton led off the fifth with a blast to right to give the Eagles the lead, and Wallace mashed a two-run shot to right in the sixth after William Winburn led off the inning with a single. 

The Eagles (11-8) host Battery Creek on May 10 to open a home-and-home set between the crosstown rivals. 

Top: Beaufort pitcher Ollie Holmes winds up for the pitch against the visiting Bluffton Bobcats during the fourth inning Monday. Photo by Bob Sofaly

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